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Mindful mama over the long run? THIS is what it can be like!
August 26, 2015


I’m so excited to share this video with you!

Shonda Moralis has been practicing mindfulness for over a decade. She started when her daughter was 3 years old. (more…)

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5 Ways To Take Your Vacation Home
August 19, 2015


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We walked the path toward the ocean. I lingered behind while the girls were skipped ahead, chasing seagulls.

Although I carried more towels and toys, I wasn’t weighed down. My mind was light and alert, taking in the long pine needles, the feel of the breeze on my arms, and the fresh smell in the air.

I was on vacation… unstressed, and fully present to enjoy the moment.

Picture yourself during your vacation: you’re relaxed and more available for your family. You’re alert for what you experience. You’re taking in the scene, attentive. You simply enjoy as much of each moment that you can. After all, you’re on vacation and without the to-dos of regular life.

We love our vacations because of this mindful quality they naturally bring us.

We’ve let go of our list. Without our mental tally of responsibilities hanging over us we can see with fresh eyes. Often we’re in a new place. The novelty helps be awake and alert to take it in. Finally, we are usually expecting enjoyment on vacation.

Contrast that with a busy week day at home. You may be stressed. Your mind is achievement oriented as you think of things that have to get done. That mom to-do list never gives you a break. You are NOT primed for enjoyment. In fact, you’re primed for busyness, stress, and irritation.

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Guest Post: Re-thinking Time Out
August 12, 2015


Hunter here. Please enjoy this guest-post by Andra Brill!

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Have you ever stopped to think what you are hoping your children are learning from you?

I mean, at the end of the day, when they are grown ups in the world, what do you want them to say about you as a parent?

And more importantly, who do you want them to be in the world?

If you ask my 6 year old what my job is as her mother she will tell you that it’s to love her and keep her safe. What she doesn’t say is that I see my role as one of inspiration and containment.

As her mother I want to inspire my daughter to make choices that feel good to her and to those around her. I want her to be kind and curious in the world. And I want her to feel secure in her sweet, spunky authentic self.

I also want her to make good choices and stay safe. Particularly when I’m not around. I want her to grow up to be someone who can be trusted to do the right thing in any given moment, even when it’s not the easy thing to do.

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5 Lessons From Zen Summer Camp
August 10, 2015


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This year I took my husband and two daughters (ages eight and five) to Zen summer camp.

No, really. With monks and nuns and meditation.

We joined about 60 other families at Blue Cliff Monastery, where they practice and hold retreats in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (he’s that wize old zen master that once interviewed with Oprah).

My family gave up beer, hamburgers and the oldest 4th of July parade in the country to go there and practice mindfulness with other families. Yes, we bribed our girls with ice cream on the drive home.

And here’s what we learned:

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024: Prison Yoga Transformation with Mike Huggins
August 5, 2015


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Mike Huggins was unhappy but financially comfortable at his corporate job. Seeking out yoga for a bad back, he discovered a passion.

But then everything went downhill, fast. He and others in his company were charged with a corporate misdemeanor. (more…)

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